How to Remove Paint From Aluminum

By Nellie Day
Paint can put a taint on aluminum.

Aluminum often becomes a casualty when a car owner decides to paint. And, when items fall victim to paint spillage, it can be challenging to restore aluminum to a natural state. It's not impossible, however, as many car enthusiasts have found ways to remedy this problem.

Purchase paint strippers that come in gel form. Make sure that the strippers are non-caustic, compatible with aluminum and, specifically, paint strippers. Apply the paint stripper to the paint brushes and sweep the brush over the affected area. Aircraft Paint Stripper works very well.

Purchase Peel Away 6 or Peel Away 7 and apply the paste to the affected areas if the paint strippers did not complete the job. Cover the area with a cloth in order for the paste to absorb more thoroughly.

Purchase a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. Soak the pad in water and scrub the affected area.

Spray Permatex Gasket remover on the affected area.

Visit a service center that has a Soda Blasting or Bead Blasting machine to remove any left over paint from aluminum.

Warning

Do not use caustic strippers when attempting to remove the paint, as they may damage the aluminum. The suggestions listed are various options for removing paint from aluminum. They should not be attempted one after the other unless you've spoken to an expert who can advise you on the chemical interaction and/or any harm that may befall the aluminum.

About the Author

Nellie Day is a freelance writer based out of Hermosa Beach, Calif. Her work can regularly be seen on newsstands, where her specialties include weddings, real estate, food and wine, pets, electronics, architecture and design, business and travel. Day earned a master's degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Southern California.